Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: An Illustration of Intensive Family-Based Treatment Delivered via Web Camera
Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Effective treatment for childhood obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is available, including exposure with response prevention and other cognitive-behavioral interventions. However, many children with OCD reside in locations in which few providers have adequate training to implement these procedures correctly. Family accommodation of childhood OCD symptoms further complicates the delivery of existing treatments. The advent of web camera technology has created the opportunity to provide therapy to individuals who otherwise could not access expert care. This case illustrates the treatment of an 8-year-old child with severe OCD who lived in a remote region of the United States. Treatment was administered twice daily for 5 days via web camera. At a 3-month follow-up, the child showed significant improvement in her OCD symptoms and in overall disability. Other symptoms (anxiety and anxiety sensitivity) were reduced, but not at a statistically significant level. The implications for treatment are considered.
Ojserkis, R., Morris, B., & McKay, D. (2014). Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: An illustration of intensive family-based treatment delivered via web camera. Clinical Case Studies, 13, 68-79.
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